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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-25-2020, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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Neons/cardinals - tank bred in NYC

Does anyone in NYC - any borough - breed neon or cardinal tetras?
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I would recommend contacting your local aquarium society. If members are not breeding them themselves they will most likely know someone in vicinity that is.
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I looked that up but it seemed more complicated to contact than a performance dog breeder
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Very few hobbyists breed either neons or cardinals. Since you're in NYC your tap water is perfect for both species; you shouldn't have any problems with wild caught cardinals or farm raised neons. I wouldn't add them to a tank that hasn't been established for at least 6 months, though.
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I looked that up but it seemed more complicated to contact than a performance dog breeder

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This is the link and the email contact is on 2 different areas of the page?
https://www.greatercity.net/

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Very few hobbyists breed either neons or cardinals. Since you're in NYC your tap water is perfect for both species; you shouldn't have any problems with wild caught cardinals or farm raised neons. I wouldn't add them to a tank that hasn't been established for at least 6 months, though.
We have 1 person in our aquarium society that has. That is all he breeds is tetras.
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This is the link and the email contact is on 2 different areas of the page?
https://www.greatercity.net/
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Oooh! That’s really helpful actually! I’ve not come across this in my googling.

See? This is why you need a sound board for people with experience 🙂

I’m going to bookmark that.

However, in a shocking turn around fish we got from LFS stopped dying and now seem to be doing fabulously, 3 weeks after we got them and looking vibrant and always hungry lol

But obviously always really great to have available resources!

Thank you!!!
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We have 1 person in our aquarium society that has. That is all he breeds is tetras.
I agree with @MrLimpet, he is absolutely correct but just wanted to point out that I've bred scores of neons (and cardinals albeit less successfully) and I'm one guy in the outskirts of Asheville, NC who happens to spend time on this message board. People are out there doing things, just aren't always where you are looking on the internet. But understand that with these species, it was like with breeding Boraras -even if you got $10 per fish you lost money and spent many hours of time, highs and lows, successes and failure, gallons of brine shrimp water in your mouth, etc.. Anyone breeding common tetras and such is doing it for love of the animals, and I implore folks to buy from them for what they are asking or at least not lowball them if it ever comes up. I PROMISE they aren't ripping you off because they charge more than they cost at PetCo. And especially if you share the same source water, the difference between the fish breeders are offering and what your local fish store sells (and I've owned one of those too), is night and day. I often say about imported rams and Apistos from your LFS that you aren't buying the fish themselves, you are buying the strain. You just need to keep those alive long enough to get babies that were born into your water, and they will be entirely different fish in terms of hardiness and vigor in your aquarium. I realize that breeding fish isn't for everyone, but you have to be willing to pay for hauling those buckets and rinsing those sponges every single day if someone else is doing it. Not trying to get on a soapbox here, I just can't stress it enough as a former hobby breeder and LFS owner that home bred stuff is usually worth what they are asking.

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I am a person getting back in the hobby.
I’ve never been successful at keeping neons or cardinals in the past.... they all seemed to go quick.

But right now I feel like my natural water is so great for them. It would be hard for me to mess it up.

Neons being so poorly treated overall is common knowledge so I thought I’d try cardinals also. But then, after I purchased some, I read about the horrible conditions they get collected in.

But then I ALSO read about Project Piaba. Which sounds pretty cool and beneficial. I’ve looked and there are a few stores reasonably near me that participate

The more you know, I guess
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